For months, the galleries at William King Museum of Art sat dark and locked, art hanging on the walls with no patrons to see it. But on July 1, the William King Museum of Art opened once again, with a lineup of summer exhibits and classes to welcome back visitors old and new.
In the museum’s contemporary regional gallery, visitors can still enjoy “One Man Group Show” by D.R. Mullins, which opened shortly before the museum was shuttered in the face of the global pandemic. “Superabundance: The Legacy of Laura Lu Copenhaver,” which opened in the museum’s cultural heritage gallery in February, has been extended and will close in November.
July sees a change of exhibitions in the museum’s world fine art gallery. “Quilt National ’19” was installed during the shutdown and will be up through July 12, welcoming visitors back to the museum.
On July 30, a new exhibit opens in that same space — “The Alchemy of Light: The Work of Michelle Gagliano.” She uses natural pigments, oils and solvents based in nuts, lavender and handmade gessoes. Gagliano’s current body of work is based on the palette of Italian artist Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, known around the world as Raphael.
The final exhibit in the summer lineup at WKMA is “Transforming Politics: Art Made by Women,” which opens Aug. 20 in the contemporary regional gallery. As the nation celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage, WKMA celebrates the work of four regional artists who take an active political stance, Margaret Gregg, Kathleen Thum, Laken Bridges and Alex Younger.
To learn more about WKMA’s exhibition and class schedule or to register for classes, visit WilliamKingMuseum.org.